Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's Kayelle Allen's Birthday, Nab Surrender Love

Surrender Love. 
It's my birthday, but I don't want to cry. I'd rather give away a book! All day, on this blog and two others, I'll be sharing an excerpt or deleted scene. Leave a comment and you'll qualify for a drawing of Surrender Love in any ebook format.

If you leave your email, I'll send you a puzzle book in pdf just for hanging out. You're welcome to drop in at the other two spots and do the same thing, for two other books.
Romance Writers Behaving Badly
Romance Lives Forever
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In this scene deleted from Surrender Love, Luc hires a decorator to redo the dungeon for Izzorah, and finds out what a small world the Tarthian Empire really is.


Luc Saint-Cyr's android butler knocked at the open door. “Sorry to interrupt, sir, but Ms. West is here to begin work on the dungeon. Shall I show her upstairs, or do you wish to speak with her first?”
 “Might as well get it over with, McDoth.” He followed him downstairs to where the decorator waited.
Dark-skinned like himself, she was taller than average, attractive in a way that bespoke good grooming and business sense. Pleasantries over, he escorted her to the second floor, stopping before he opened the dungeon. Using "lover" in conjunction with Izzorah hardly seemed intimate enough a term for how he felt, but it would have to do.
“I want to create a place where my lover can practice music, or have friends in for parties. He’ll need a studio for his drums, a piano, whatever else he might like.” He unlocked the door. “Ms. Mead says you’ve converted spaces to and from this type of playroom before.”
Ms. West hugged the portable screen she carried. “I’ve worked on the playrooms at the palace, Mr. Saint-Cyr. If the Conqueror trusts me, you can, too.”
He narrowed his eyes. “That is far from true. However, if Ms. Mead trusts you, that’s saying something.” He turned on every light and stood back while the woman walked throughout the room. He tried for a time to envision the pillory, spanking bench, racks of toys, and the oversized bed from her point-of-view, but gave up. What she did or did not think of his lifestyle was her own business. Ms. Mead said the woman had impeccable credentials and understood kink. That would suffice.
The decorator returned, making notes with a stylus. “I’ll need preferences for colors, textures, and the like. Do you have an idea what you want? And do I see you or Ms. Mead for further instructions?” She looked up.
“You’ll see Izzorah Ceeow, my lover. It will be his room to do with as he pleases. He’s been ill, and will be recuperating for a few weeks. This should give him something to do that won’t overtire him. I want him to be involved in every decision he cares to oversee. I’ll sign all the bills. Just listen to him and give him whatever he wants.”
“That sounds fun.” She hugged the screen against her chest. “When will I meet him?”
“As soon as next week, hopefully.”
Luc Saint-Cyr
“That gives me time to draw up some ideas.” The woman cast one more look around her. “I’d like to bring in my droid team for measurements and such. How soon could I do that?”
“See McDoth. He’ll set up access. Your team will need to be accompanied by him at all times.”
“Of course.” She gave him a slight bow and offered her hand.
He accepted, and bowed over it. “A pleasure doing business with you.”
“I’m honored at being chosen, Mr. Saint-Cyr. You’re a legend on Kelthia. I grew up hearing about you from two of my father’s friends.”
He clasped his hands behind him. “Did you now? And who might they be?”
“My dad was in the Thieves’ Guild. He often had Gnat and Flea over for dinner, and the two of them would spin tales about you.” She dimpled a smile. “I’ve often wondered what became of them. Haven’t seen them since I left home.”
“Who was your father?”
“I use my mother’s name for professional reasons. West is already established in the design community. I work for her company. My dad was known simply as the Raven of Kelthia.”
Luc blinked. “You are the Raven’s little girl?”
She blushed. “Not so little any more.”
“No, you’re certainly not. I remember him bragging about how smart you were. I can see he was right.” He gestured toward the door. “Shall we go?”
As she was about to leave his home, she turned toward Luc. “I understand professional secrets where the guild is concerned, but do you mind telling me if Gnat and Flea are alive? When I was little, they seemed elderly. Now that I’m older myself, I realize I had a skewed vision of their ages.” She pressed her lips together. “If you can tell me, that is.”
Those things were public knowledge. Anyone could inquire after them. “Gnat is working. Flea left the guild a few years ago and took over the House of Roget.”
“The House of Roget is a children’s home, isn’t it?”
“Yes. Flea and Gnat were adopted from there by an Arcane Master Thief.” Himself, years, and years ago. The immortal Luc held the door for her. “When I see them, I’ll tell them you asked after them.”
“Thank you.” With a wave of her fingers, she was gone.
Luc shut the door and leaned against it. “Oh hell. That was the Raven’s little girl?” He covered his face with one hand. “I am so old.”
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Surrender Love
Not rebound, payback, loneliness, or great sex, and far beyond love. This is surrender.

43 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Kayelle! Thanks for the presents!

    freckles82012 AT gmail DOT.com

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  2. Happy Happy Birthday!

    Ebonysbbwnikki@yahoo.com

    Nikki

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  3. Happy Birthday! Have a winderful day!
    Mega Hugs!
    Lisa

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  4. Happy Birthday, Kayelle...thx for sharing your special day with us! I loved the scene...what made you decide to delete it?

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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    1. Barbara, I decided that I wanted to develop a bit more conflict regarding Luc's "dungeon" and the way Izzorah felt about it. He wasn't jealous of Wulf or Luc's previous lovers. However, he does want to understand what/why Luc enjoys this aspect of sex, and decided it was better if I allowed a complete scene of them dealing with it. So... it will come up in a future book, and you might see a version of this scene in that. Good question - thank you for asking.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Kayelle. Thanks for the giveaways....

    kcnrhtx (at) charter(dot)net

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    1. Kimberley, thank you. Happy to share. :)

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  6. Happy Birthday to you Kayelle. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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  7. Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, you don't look like a monkey, but sometimes I doooooooo! Hee hee. Loved the excerpt! Really caught my interest.

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    1. LOL! I could so totally hear you singing that. ^_^ Glad you liked the scene.

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  8. Happy, happy birthdayyyyyyyyy! : ) Giant hugs-- Tara

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  9. Happy Birthday!

    Enjoyed the excerpt, but changing a dungeon to a music studio seems such a waste.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. I know. But of course... the scene was deleted for a reason. heh. ^_^ Thank you!

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  10. Happy birthday! Enjoy it to it's fullest!

    jlshadden @ knology.net

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  11. Excellent read, intriguing scene, and it makes me want to read MORE! Best wishes on your special day.

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    1. Sheri, thank you. I guess it did its job then. ;) LOL

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  12. Happy Birthday my friend. Wishing you all the very best on your special day.

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  13. WELL, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS THANG KAYELLE! MAY YOU ZIPLINE MANY MANY MORE!! LOL

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  14. Happy Birthday, Kayelle! Hope you are having a lovely day. Many thanks for the giveaway.

    tamsyn5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for sharing your work with us on your big day!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  16. Happy Birthday, Kayelle! May this year be even sweeter than the last!

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    1. Thank you, Candy. If chocolate has anything to do with it, this year's much sweeter! LOL

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! HOPE IT'S ALL YOU DREAMED OF AND MORE.

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    1. Thank you, my sweet friend. This is a lovely day and I'm enjoying it immensely.

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  18. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the extra. 1_trouble AT msn DOT com

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    1. thank you, Donna! :) I'm emailing your goody.

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  19. Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing such a great excerpt.

    Gabrielle
    meingee@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle. :) I'm glad you stopped by!

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  20. I'm a bit late, but happy birthday ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Erica! I'll send you the puzzle book in a few secs, so watch for it. ^_^

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  21. The winner of Surrender Love is Donna. I'm sending her the book in just a minute. thank you to everyone who shared my birthday yesterday. It was a blast! ^_^

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